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Will Black's "Good Luck"

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Will Black's latest production is a series that explores a situation where a young girl who is a gun runner must make one last transaction before she can wash her hands of organized crime. Coming to VHX.TV this Friday.

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Hannah Wright stars as Elizabeth, a gun runner who is tired of the business and must fight for her survival.

"Will is genuine and that is the best part about working with him. He's open to ideas and flexible for everyone's comfortability. I'm not afraid to include my own opinion or ideas when we work together and he is happy to listen. Not to mention he takes good care of all of the cast on set. He makes sure we have food and water and actually cares about our comfort. You can really see his creativity come through within the script too. He's respectful to his cast and picked us according to personality to mesh well with the characters he wanted to come to life and he hit the nail on the head. Will has been a pleasure to work with. and will be in the future." - Hanna Wright - Actress

The series is being shot in Jackson, Tennessee and most of the cast and crew are from Tennessee. Cast includes Hanna Wright, Katie Pavao, Derek Conquest, Michael LaCour, Lantonio Jackson, Ali Merki, and Troy Compas.

Recently I was out walking late one evening when I heard the call of music coming from a nearby restaurant. When I located the source I found it was coming from the pub's deck. So I found a place to sit nearby and listened from afar to the last few songs of the closing set.

It was a solo act, acoustic guitar and vocals, playing popular songs from now and then. I asked a couple standing on the lawn if they knew his name. They said "no" but they liked him and also wanted to know who he was. I proceeded up the stairs and to the entertainer's station just in time for his last number. A Johnny Cash song. He announced his name as Mike Waters. Afterword I had a moment to speak with him and found him to be a very nice and engaging young man. We set up an interview so I could learn more about him and his musical calling.

"I have known Mike Waters for many years and he is one of the most well rounded/talented guitrarist/singers you'll find.  He can go from "Cash" to "Clash" and covers about any genre.  Not only that, he is a great friend and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet!"  -  Butch Oneppo of The Oneppo Brothers (Duo and Band)

I found out he is a full time musician and has been performing as a solo act for about 16 years, loves spending time with his wife when he's not working, likes to cook, and is into martial arts. Check out the interview below to learn more.

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Bert Hesse of Studio South at a meeting today in Fort Mill about the plans for Catawba Studios at Catwba Indian Nation east of Rock Hill, SC. He said they hope to have groundbreaking for the first phase by the end of the year. When completed there will be three phases: the sound stages, film and music schools, and retail shops.

The Believers

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Here is a film that I'm excited about. It's about the drama surrounding a girl trained in classical music that joins a rock band. Being somewhat of a musician myself I can relate to this theme. So I am very anxious to see their treatment of the subject.

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"Nadia Jones stars as Melanie, a gifted but troubled cellist discovering life outside of the regimented world of classical music training."

Featured Music Video

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Charlotte take notice that Saturday, June 11th, Charlotte is going to be treated to an amazing show at The Stage Door Theater here in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's called The Recital of the Lotus and is presented by THE SECRET POETS SOCIETY. It's the only show this weekend where you get belly dancers, acoustic and folk singers, and poets all in the same show. It is a multi-cultural bonanza that celebrates the beautiful diversity of our humble Queen City.

You will see the region's best and brightest emerging artists display their incredible talent. Whether it is the acoustic band The Pedantics, drummer RICH BOI, and much more there will be without doubt something for everyone. Who knows you might see the rise of the next Maya Angelou or Robert Frost.


Vision Scope Studios is casting for the role of "Zenobia" in their newest Film, Zenobia: The Last Guardian. They are looking for an African American female between the ages of 14-17 years old. 

Behind Comic Con Curtains

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When Adam York contacted me about this documentary I was intrigued. I love documentaries and like to know how things work. The brainchild of Dave Harlequin and Jonathan E. Weaver they intend to not only show what the experience will look like for an attendee going through the doors for the first time but also what is happening in the background between the vendors, panelists, and players of these multi-media events as they prepare for the show.

Adam York is the Executive Producer of this film. As usual he will be wearing a lot of hats during the production.  Jonathan E. Weaver is a writer for, host of the podcast JonCast and will be directing the documentary.  Dave Harlequin is a fiction writer and journalist who is also a producer and the Assistant Director.

Comic Cons are for fans of all things from comic books to movies and TV series. These conventions consist of vendors, games, discussion panels, film contest, music, parties, and more...

Anew by Allison Cain

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Allison Cain's freshman attempt at directing a film, Anew, is something to be proud of. Judging from the quality of the movie, she is doing all the right things. Having a little acting experience herself she knew who to call upon when a crew was needed and how to audition for the actors that would fit the bill. The screenplay is all hers.

Anew is a story about people who may or may not be doing okay in life but feel that something is missing. Should I take a step in a new direction? That is the question they are asking themselves. Anew prescribes a 'Yes" to answer this question. If you can, it may be just what you need.

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Kira is very generous with her time whether it is exposing new talent in her cast and crew or calling attention to social issues in the films she creates.

When I asked her about why she takes on these subjects here is what she told me.  

"It's so hard for me to answer this question because I have so many things to say about this! But, simply put:  I am drawn towards telling stories about things that make me uncomfortable. If I feel uncomfortable about a topic... then I must make a film about it! 

These social issues become synonymous for taboo issues. I feel so passionately opposed to allowing this pattern to continue. So this is why when I feel uncomfortable. I know that I need to say something. If I don't, I am contributing to this culture of being quiet about things that make us uncomfortable. I think it is my duty as an artist to address topics that are 'hush hush.' In my work (just to name a few of the topics) I've dealt with depression, sexuality, warped body image, and now sexual assault and abusive relationships-- these are all topics that are hard to talk about. But we need to talk about these things! If one person lets down their guard and tells their story, who knows who will be listening and touched by the honesty. It can start a chain reaction of recreating this culture of taboo to a culture of free voices and open arms. I believe I, as well as every other human being, should feel comfortable expressing themselves, even if expressing themselves means talking about something scary or seemingly 'shameful.' That word 'shameful' should not be tied to those who are suffering or have been abused. No one should be embarrassed, guilty, or ashamed.

I guess that wasn't really simply put. But I'll try this once more: I often choose social issues because I need to address them. I just need to."

Filmmaking is her passion and she has modest budgets for the quality of films she delivers.  If you're not already familiar with her skills please check out some of the links below and acquaint yourself with her work.  There are many fine examples on Vimeo such as Bye Bye Lullaby, Girly, Clean, Sleepyhead, and Fool's Paradise.

Tree Hugger is fresh off it's worldwide film festival tour and is scheduled for an online premiere on Saturday.  If you would like to see the film, then click on the link below which will take you to a Facebook invitation page where you can login to Facebook and select "Going" and you will be notified on Saturday when the online premiere begins with the link you will need to view it.

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below the photo at the top of the page to be notified of the event. ***


I recently saw Union Bound and was pleasantly surprised. Great story. Pam & Bill Jay (descendents of Joseph Hoover who kept the diary the film is based pm), I can see why you are happy about the movie. All of the actors were very good and the wardrobe authentic. The first thing I noticed was the cinematography and the attention to detail. The next thing I noticed was the soundtrack. Not overpowering but just right to convey the emotion of each particular scene. Kudos to everyone who worked on this movie. Also, hats off to the editing department.

This movie is a drama that shows us a slice of what the Civil War was like. From the viewpoint of a captured Union Soldier. Although it does have some Civil War battle scenes it is not a film about the large scale conflicts, but more of the personal ones. To my relief there is not  a blockbuster action scene around each corner. If this interests you so far then Union Bound is the movie for you to see.

Harvey Lowry2.jpgThe director of Union Bound, Harvey Lowry, is an active man who's years of work in the film industry betray his youthful appearance. I found that we share a common love for the outdoors and backpacking. Harvey revealed to me he was planning an ascent of Mt. McKinley. Being at home in the outdoors must have come in handy during the making of this movie as only one day was spent on a soundstage. The rest were outside, mostly around Stagville Plantation in the heat of the North Carolina summer with the ticks, flies, and other wildlife.

It was even worse for the actors as they had on layered wool and cotton clothing. At least one crew member had to go to the hospital after collapsing on set.

That's the price you pay when you have a good story to tell. Union Bound is one of them.  The movie got its start from diaries kept by Joseph Hoover during the Civil War. Pam Jay, a descendant of Joseph approached Michael Davis, the producer of Union Bound, with the diaries. Her husband Bill had painstakingly transcribed them so they could easily be read. After looking over them Michael knew this was a story he wanted to tell so he contacted John Errington to write the screenplay and Harvey to direct. The rest, as they say, is history.

I wanted to know more about how Harvey got involved. Here is what told me. "When considering a film to direct, I consider a number of things. First, everything starts with a good script. When I read the Union Bound script, I was really impressed with the story, the characters, the dialogue and the fact that it was all a true story. John did a wonderful job in writing the script.

The second thing to consider is the team. When I was first introduced to Michael, the producer, we hit it off pretty well. He's a great guy who was passionate about the project and I felt it in his pitch. It was an easy decision to collaborate with him.

Other points to consider include: Is this a film I would want to see? Is this a project I would be proud of? Is this a film in line with my moral beliefs? There are a multitude of things to consider, and I was very excited that Union Bound was an easy decision across the board."

"A 1962 play by Edward Albee. It examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. "

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
April 13th thru May 1st 
Wednesday thru Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm
North Carolina Stage Company
15 Stage Lane
Asheville, North Carolina

Here's a young lady I hope and think we'll be seeing a lot more of. Bev Tan has her feet wet in both the commerce and art sides of filmmaking.  By day, a mild mannered member of a social marketing team. By night a creative filmmaker willing to take on the social issues of the day.

Born in New York City eventually ending up in North Carolina and going to high school in Holly Springs. Bev made up her mind very early what she wanted to do in life. "I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker when I was 7 years old." To fulfill that desire she eventually ended up at Western Carolina University. "I went to film school at Western Carolina University and worked as a photographer and freelance writer as well during that. I also minored in poetry. I have always been in love with filmmaking but I did change my concentration 5 times, beginning and ending with producing."
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Tonight, and continuing through April 24th, Cape Fear Regional Theatre presents Arsenic and Old Lace.  

"Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves."

Arsenic and Old Lace
April 7th - April 24th
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
1209 Hay Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Ringfinger is a comedy about a reluctant, but soon to be bride that is on a mission to find the wedding rings her brother lost the night before the wedding. What else could go wrong? I have a feeling "a lot."

The brainchild of Derek Tilton and Bryant Zambrano who have a certain rare sense of humor. If you don't believe me then take a look at their series The Affordable Eight.  There are eight 1-2 minute slices of life that focus on the travails of one character "Dude" played by Bryant. Be sure to check out Warm Milk. I think we can all identify with that one.

The film is currently in pre-production and will be shot in the wonderful countryside of Asheville, North Carolina. Some of the actors you'll be seeing will be Keenan Edge as Luke, Morgan Peterson as Audrey, Bryant Zambrano as Carlos, Megan Waller as Lydia and Jake Whaley as Sam.

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Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing the music of some of the great jazz performers and composers like Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Music of the Masters: Duke Ellington and George Gershwin
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Having been a filmmaker for going on 10 years now. Jaysen has written 20 screenplays and directed many of them.  He is also an actor who works with some  of the top producers and directors in the southeast.

The first thing you notice about Jaysen is that he is an eloquent conversationalist.The next  thing that became evident when asking about the movies he watched as a kid,  is that he  loves horror. Raised on the classics by his dad. I'm sure he will pass it on to his own son, and to us, through his filmmaking.

Don't Let The Light In is a good example. A tale of a young boy and his babysitter. As we are getting to know Sarah and Jack, the boy nonchalantly mentions that he has monsters in his room. Sarah patronizes the child  but is surprised at what she discovers.


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Effort is underway to create a first class movie studio on 124 acres of land at the Catawba Indian Nation near Rock Hill, South Carolina. $485,000 has been spent on the study so for the project that is expected to cost $45 million. The study will be completed this spring and if all goes as planned the first phase, sound stages and visitors center, could be completed within a year.

Plans  include production suites, an iMax style theater, a film school, and  a music school. Studio South and Pacific Ventures will develop, build and manage the complex.